Mark Hollis, co-founder and leader of the pioneering organization of post-rock talk talk, would have died at the age of 64.
The news of Hollis's death was first reported by Anthony Costello, author and academic, who would be Hollis's cousin. Post-punk Peace Companions The The later shared the news via their Twitter account.
Paul Webb, bassist of Talk Talk, wrote in an article on Facebook: "I am very shocked and saddened to hear the news of the death of Mark Hollis. Musically, he was a genius and it was an honor and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but, like many musicians of our generation, I have been deeply influenced by his innovative musical ideas. He has created a depth of feeling with his and incomparable space. He was one of the biggest, if not the greatest.
As of the date of publication, Hollis representatives have not received any official confirmation.
Originally from London, Talk Talk is one of the few groups to succeed in two totally different genres. In their early days, Hollis, Webb, drummer Lee Harris and keyboard player Simon Brenner played synthpop music and toured with Duran Duran. Their first album, 1982 The party is over, produced two top 25 hits in "Today" and "Talk Talk". Arriving two years later, his follow-up, That's my life, brought Talk Talk, more public attention. The title track of the album proved itself on the single of the group with the commercial successes in the United States, while "Such a Shame" figured in the top 10 in several countries, including in Sweden, where it was hoisted in the first row.
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However, with their third album, 1986 The color of spring, Talk Talk began to experience a new sonic direction. Guitar, pianos and organs were introduced into the studio as members of the band took an improvisation approach to their recording. This kind of music – which later became known as post-rock – was fully realized with the band's last two albums, 1988 Spirit of Eden and 1991 Laughing stock.
Most of the sounds of these latest versions have been "recorded by chance, by accident and by hours spent trying out all the possible ideas of layering." Laughing stock would have been particularly painful, as Hollis was isolating himself in a dark room without a clock. A group of rotating guest musicians was made to play roles without context, and much of the music recorded during these sessions never saw the light of day.
Such attention to detail has resulted in two albums widely regarded as masterpieces of the modern era that have largely influenced contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Portishead and Mogwai. However, Hollis' improvisation techniques also made the tours impossible. "It's impossible for me to be able to play a lot again … because I just do not know how to do it," he said after the publication of Spirt of Eden. "So playing live, playing a spontaneous role, writing it and then making it play to someone, would lose all meaning, lose all its purity."
After the dissolution of Talk Talk in 1992, Hollis released his solo album in 1998 before retiring largely from the industry. Its final composition came in 2012 for the Showtime series Boss.
In explaining his decision to leave the music, Hollis said, "I choose for my family. Others may be able to do it, but I can not go on tour and be a good father at the same time. "
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